America’s political crisis runs deeper than ideology


America’s political crisis runs deeper than ideology

ANALYSIS | ‘Western elites tend to assume that their way of thinking is the only valid mode of thought’

Gillian Tett

It’s just two months since former US president Barack Obama solemnly told The Atlantic magazine that his country was “entering into an epistemological crisis”.

“If we do not have the capacity to distinguish what’s true from what’s false, then by definition the marketplace of ideas doesn’t work,” he declared. “And by definition our democracy doesn’t work.”

How true those words now seem. America — and the wider world — is still reeling in horror at the vicious political chasm exposed by the violence in the US Capitol in Washington DC last week. But with the reckoning of those events under way, it has become clear that this is not just an ideological fight...

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